Inmate charged in smuggling case

CNJ staff

A 26-year-old Curry County inmate has been charged with two felonies for getting his girlfriend to smuggle narcotics into the jail for him.

Michael Padilla was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit trafficking and criminal solicitation to commit a felony, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller.

Waller said Padilla is being held without bond.

Marina Lopez, 19, was arrested Monday when she met an undercover officer at a Clovis business parking lot and delivered a package containing methamphetamine, marijuana, tobacco and rolling papers.

She is being held on $105,000 bond.

Waller said sheriff’s investigators intercepted phone calls from the jail and learned Lopez had been asked by Padilla to deliver the contraband to a detention officer.

Subsequent investigation revealed there was never a detention officer involved in the plan, Waller said.